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MACHIAVELLI, Niccolò (1469-1527). Il Principe … La Vita di Castruccio Castracani da Lucca … Il modo che tenne il duca Valentino per ammazzare Vitellozzo … I ritratti delle cose del la Francia e della Alamagna. Venice: [n.p.], 1539.
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MACHIAVELLI, Niccolò (1469-1527). Il Principe … La Vita di Castruccio Castracani da Lucca … Il modo che tenne il duca Valentino per ammazzare Vitellozzo … I ritratti delle cose del la Francia e della Alamagna. Venice: [n.p.], 1539.

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MACHIAVELLI, Niccolò (1469-1527). Il Principe … La Vita di Castruccio Castracani da Lucca … Il modo che tenne il duca Valentino per ammazzare Vitellozzo … I ritratti delle cose del la Francia e della Alamagna. Venice: [n.p.], 1539.

4 parts, 8° (151 x 85mm). (Mild browning throughout, paper flaw on corner of D8.) 19th-century Italian calf, gilt spine, red speckled edges (joints rubbed and a little brittle). Provenance: Lemazurier, doctor at Versailles (ownership inscription dated 1843 on front endpaper) – Louis Visconti (1791-1853; pencil attribution) – Noel Pinelli (1881-1970; bookplate).

EARLY EDITION OF MACHIAVELLI'S EPOCH-MAKING THE PRINCE, FOLLOWED BY FOUR TEXTS BY THE SAME AUTHOR, ALL IN THE ORIGINAL ITALIAN.

The text was first printed posthumously in 1532 in Rome, and it became a masterpiece of Italian Renaissance literature. Unlike Castiglione's equally important Il Cortegiano, Il Principe offers advice to a prince on how to gain power, how to keep it and how to increase it. As early as 1557 the book was placed on the Index librorum prohibitorum.

Bertelli & Innocenti, Bibliografia Machiavelliana 43. Edit 16 68020; USTC no. 839326; USTC records four copies in public libraries, all in Italy.
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